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    I have been thinking about getting a dog for awhile now. I have so many questions though and don't really know what type dog to get. Can you give me recomendations? I live in a condo building (no backyard and would have to be a smaller dog), don't work much so can be home with the dog pretty often, don't travel much, but am allergic to cat and dog hair so it would have to be a breed that doesn't shed much. Don't have any children. I have been researching beagles and miniature daschusunds. Also, how much do you spend yearly on vets? I heard you should not buy your puppy from a breeder so where would I get the puppy? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Also I am worried about potty training. Are there any breeds that are easier to train than others?

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    My aunt has a lot of allergies, and she has a toy poodle. Their fur is more like hair so it doesn't bother her. Cute little dog and very smart! Not overly yappy like one would expect. She got her from a breeder, but that's about as much as I know.

    I've had beagles and loved them, but they like to howl a lot. May not be practical for a condo. My friend has had several mini-dachsunds, and they've all been great pets. Short hair, low shedding, but they have a tendency to have back problems.

    If it was me I'd adopt from a local shelter. So many unwanted pups there. That's where I got my precious girl almost 11 years ago. She's indoor, and has short hair. Rat terrier mix, about the size of a beagle.

    When checking out mixed breed pups and you're not sure what they are, looking at the size of their feet will usually give you a good idea of how big they'll get.

    As far as cost goes, dogs aren't really that expensive. You get them spayed or neutered, maybe $100 depending on the size of the dog (small dogs are cheaper). Cost a little more for girls. Yearly shots (rabies and distemper) are well under $50. Aside from that it's just the cost of food. Not bad when you consider all the love you get in return.

    Good luck!

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    I would go to a shelter and NOT get a puppy. If you are not home that much, unless you kennel the puppy, she will be destructive when you are not there, tear things apart, chew up your shoes, knock over the garbage, etc... I would get a smaller dog that's about 2 years old, and already potty trained.

    I will never get a puppy again. I lost every pair of heels I had. She'd go in my closet and take them off the shoe rack. And of course, it was only one shoe, never the pair.

    I have a 13 year old lab. Never had much for her in vet bills until she was 9 and we got a fatty cyst removed for $500.

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    ITA on getting a shelter pet. Or if you have your heart set on a particular breed, there is usually a rescue organization that specializes in that breed. So many people are dumping their pets because they can't afford to keep them in this economy - you are bound to find a nice family dog or even puppy that has been trained.

    Petfinder.com is a site that links people to animals in shelters/foster homes all across the country. You can even specifiy the type of pet you are looking for and some specifics (i.e. type, breed, age, size, etc.). The rescue org. I work with posts there and I can barely stand to look. There are so many beautiful animals.

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    Pound dogs are the best ever!! They are so happy to have a home and will love you tons forever!!! I will never buy froma breeder. Word of warning... As much as I love my pound puppy make sure they have had a physical and you have the results on paper before you adopt. I made the mistake of taking the shelters word that the spot on my babies leg was a burn and now way too much money later and finding it was a bullet hole with the bullet still in her joint, we are going to see a specialist to see if we have to have her leg amputated or if it will just be crooked and shorter than the rest for the length of her life.
    I love her to pieces and wouldn't trade her for the world but just make sure to check them out!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    I would go to a shelter and NOT get a puppy. If you are not home that much, unless you kennel the puppy, she will be destructive when you are not there, tear things apart, chew up your shoes, knock over the garbage, etc... I would get a smaller dog that's about 2 years old, and already potty trained.
    Excellent advice!

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    Get a poodle puppy from a good breeder. They all have them-a bit older,one's whose coats are not show material. A good breeder tracks every possible defect & can guarentee yours won't have anything expensive. We got my standard poodle at 5 months-potty traind & he smoothly fit right in. I feel bad about shelters-but I did not want an unknown & expensive ailment that doesn't show up till later. My heart couldn't take it. No shedding for poodles, but grooming is pretty expensive every 6 weeks or so. Also,a daschunds are good. Almost no shedding,a bit more stubborn (I have had one,too).
    From what I have read, it will cost between $1200-$1800 yearly to own a dog. Vets,shots,heartworm stuff nd dogfood included in that.
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    Poodles are a good choice. No shedding and very smart. They also don't need a lot of exercise although obviously they need a daily walk/run.

    I wouldn't get a beagle - they need a lot of exercise and don't like being locked up indoors. They also shed. NB many short-haired breeds shed as much a long-haired ones.

    I'm a miniature schnauzer fan (they also dont' shed, smart and don't need huge amounts of exercise) but you do have to get them clipped and groomed every couple of months. You can do it yourself if you prefer but it needs practice!

    Getting a rescue/shelter dog is fine BUT they can be a very unknown quantity. You have no real idea about their background, what breeds are mixed in there, congenital defects, etc etc so you have to do some careful background checks. Lots of these dogs end up at the shelter because they are unmanageable or have health problems. It's usually because they had bad owners but some of their bad habits are very hard to train out.

    DO NOT buy a cute puppy from a pet store. They come from puppy farms and often have all kinds of health and/or temperament problems.
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    I got my dog-- a dachshund-- about two years ago. Let me tell you, it was not easy. I don't know if you have any previous experience with dogs... it takes a LOT of patience ESPECIALLY if you're thinking about getting a younger dog.

    Rule #1: DON'T be impulsive. The biggest mistake I made was going to buy my puppy and then being so obsessed with this cute furry creature that I forgot to get essentials... puppy pads, a dog bed, enough food, etc. If you're serious about getting a puppy, get this stuff beforehand or stop by a Petco (or is it PetSmart? whichever one lets you take the dog inside) on the way home and ask for a workers help on picking appropriate stuff out.

    Rule #2 If and when you do get a dog and it is a puppy you have to quickly assert your authority. Spoil it too much and it won't learn anything. Some dogs are spoiled and it suits their owners just fine until they start pooping on leather couches and peeing in shoes. It needs to have an eating and bathroom schedule.. if you deviate as little as 10 minutes it might confuse the pup and you'll have a whole mess on your hands.

    #3. You said you were considering a small dog.. be aware that small dogs have equally small bladders... dachshunds are hyper little things. I did some Googling and Italian Greyhounds, Corgis, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels kept popping up.

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    My advice is to save a life and rescue one from the pound, not get some frou frou "specialty" dog

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    Please at least think about getting a shelter puppy/dog. I ended up with a mutt - daschund, chihuahua, and maybe rat terrier mix. He probably wouldn't be among the living any longer if he hadn't been adopted.

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    I have a mini dachshund and they are absolutely great, but definitely have a mind of their own and tend to think they're much more powerful then they actually are, therefore, sometimes being a bit harder to train.
    but, all in all, they're great dogs, and so adorable! I have allergies as well and have never had any problems with my dog.

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    Thanks for all your advice! It has been very helpful. I am still thinking it thru though. I don't want to rush into anything. It's not fair to the doggy But I think I would rescue a dog if and when I do get one.

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    Please do rescue and research the breeds to see what type of dog fits in with your lifestyle, even if you get a mixed breed, you'll have an idea of the personality.
    Pugs are wonderful, but require lots of attention!

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    i wish you lived in the central florida area.

    i saw a rescue ad for snoopy 9 yr beagle mix

    he is sooo cute

    go to a no kill shelter for your dog
    please look at the older dogs too
    they are potty trained and sweet

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